Outdoor Adventures (Spring 2014)

A River Adventure for Kids

Calling all Indiana Jones enthusiasts and Dora the Explorers ages 8 to 16 for the annual Chippewa River Adventure Camp on Saturday, April 26, from 8:30am to 4pm at Round Hill near Durand. “I love the outdoors,” says Sam Worple ...

Holy Snowshoes, Eau Claire!

I know we’re pretty sick of snow by now, and the mere mention of the word is becoming forbidden, but bear with me for a moment, because this is pretty exciting. The United States Snowshoe Association has chosen Eau Claire to host ...

Spirit of Adventure

the people you meet in the great outdoors put nature’s value in perspective

Trails On Trial

some local rail trails may be at risk after a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling

Issue #252 April 17, 2014

A River Adventure for Kids

Calling all Indiana Jones enthusiasts and Dora the Explorers ages 8 to 16 for the annual Chippewa River Adventure Camp on Saturday, April 26, from 8:30am to 4pm at Round Hill near Durand. “I love the outdoors,” says Sam Worple ...

Holy Snowshoes, Eau Claire!

I know we’re pretty sick of snow by now, and the mere mention of the word is becoming forbidden, but bear with me for a moment, because this is pretty exciting. The United States Snowshoe Association has chosen Eau Claire to host ...

Spirit of Adventure

the people you meet in the great outdoors put nature’s value in perspective

Trails On Trial

some local rail trails may be at risk after a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling

Brain Benders

three EC schools head to Odyssey of the Mind World Finals

What Do You Want to See at the Priory?

It’s time for UW-Eau Claire students and faculty as well as the community to come together and start thinking about future plans for the grounds at The Priory. The former convent, just south of Eau Claire, houses the university’s day care ...

Historic Building Rehab Can Mean Tax Breaks

Historic Downtown Menomonie is more than just an impressive title: It’s an invitation for building owners who rehabilitate their historic properties to receive special benefits. Owners of eligible properties are able to take advantage of both ...

Ramp It Up

city ponders new parking facility on post office site

Note from the Editor | April 17, 2014

You know those people who always make you feel like you should step up your game a little bit? They set the bar high enough to make you feel like you should probably put more effort into your career, your health, your social life, your hobbies ...

Issue #251 April 3, 2014

Bus Report Calls for Chippewa Falls Route

What’s got 44 headlights and more than a million passengers? The answer can be found at a bus stop near you: Eau Claire’s public transit system. Eau Claire Transit recently commissioned a study to assess the quality of that system and determine ...

Oxbow Music Fest Postponed

You may remember reading last fall about the possibility of a two-day music festival to take place next September in Carson Park. The Oxbow Music & Arts Festival, proposed by Wisconsin native (and Austin, Texas, music promoter) Nick Barbian ...

Werthmann Gets Earthy Honor

Earth Day is just a few weeks away, so it’s an appropriate time to honor one of the Chippewa Valley’s most recognizable environmentalists. Eau Claire City Councilman Andrew Werthmann will receive the annual Earthgreen Award – which honors ...

CONFLUENCE WINS BIG

city voters reject a second referendum; county voters OK contribution to project

Note from the Editor | April 3, 2014

Whew. Glad that’s over. You don’t see a lot of local elections like that one. Thankfully. Obviously we at Volume One were pretty fired up about it all, and of course we’re now thrilled with the outcome. While it’s still not a done ...

Eat Scene/Night Out 2014

Local Eats by The Numbers

a few stats and tidbits we found interesting while we contacted every one of the Chippewa Valley’s restaurants and bars

Issue #250 March 20, 2014

Local Eats by The Numbers

a few stats and tidbits we found interesting while we contacted every one of the Chippewa Valley’s restaurants and bars

Viennese Ball

annual social event brings elegance to Davies Center

Realityworks Lets Sparks Fly with State Award

Eau Claire has another reason to be proud of its businesses: Local company Realityworks Inc. has won the 2013 Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year Special Award for Innovation Excellence for its newest product, the teachWELD Welding Simulator ...

Note from the Editor | March 20, 2014

We talk a lot in big, sweeping community terms in Volume One – usually about and for the broader population and readership. But right now I’m going to get personal. I know you’re sick of hearing/talking/reading about the Confluence Project ...

Native Land

Ho-Chunk, UWEC partnership will create cultural learning community

Issue #249 March 6, 2014

Help Teens with Less Prepare for Prom Season

A local effort is making sure that, no matter what their financial circumstances, teen girls will be able to say yes to the dress of their dreams. Once Upon a Prom offers prom dresses and accessories to young women in the Chippewa Valley who ...

DECI Honors Halmstad, JAMF with Top Awards

If Downtown Eau Claire Inc. had a “Man of the Year” award, it likely would have gone to Zach Halmstad. The co-founder of JAMF Software won the Above and Beyond Award while his firm took Developer of the Year honors at DECI’s awards ...

Note from the Editor | March 6, 2014

Brutal, this winter is. And I thought last year was bad. Tons of snow, consistent deep freezes, and now, on top of more than three months of all that, the entire city is encrusted in a patchwork of solid sheets of ice. The thousands of ...

Confluence Primer Part 3 - Why Here, Why Now

The April 1st election brings two referendums, one from the city and one from the county. It’s critical you understand how to vote, and get you and your friends to the polls.

Issue #248 Feb. 20, 2014

Commercial Property Vacancies Edge Upward

Vacancy rates for retail and office property in the Eau Claire area rose slightly last year, but remain below national averages, according to a new report from Commonweal Development, a brokerage, development, and property management firm ...

Boy Scout Council Honored

The Chippewa Valley Council of the Boy Scouts of America received a pretty impressive merit badge recently: The Eau Claire-based council, which serves more than 4,000 young people in 10 northwestern Wisconsin counties, got the highest score among ...

Charter Bank Offers to Match Confluence Pledges

Pondering making a donation to help the Confluence Project reach its ambition goal of raising $15 million from private donors? Now might be the time to get out the personal (or corporate) checkbook. On Feb. 17, Charter Bank announced that it ...

City Residents' Online Input Favors Confluence

In the second use of the City of Eau Claire’s new public perception tool – the Electronic Eau Claire Conversation, or E2C2 – City Manager Russ Van Gompel posed a question that’s on everyone’s minds these days: “What do you think about ..."

Pro-Confluence Political Action Group Created

With two ballot referendums that could decide the fate of the Confluence Project approaching on April 1, a new committee has formed to educate voters and promote the project. Voices for Growth is a nonpartisan referendum action committee ...

Note from the Editor | Feb. 20, 2014

I recently had the opportunity to spend a full day with a variety of community leaders – members of the Visit Eau Claire board of directors, to which I was recently added, along with other key constituents. It was a strategic planning session ...

Confluence Primer

Let's do this!

Eau Claire's April 1 election brings two Confluence Project votes. Join me in pledging to vote! Learn more at VolumeOne.org/vote

Confluence Primer Part 3 - Why Here, Why Now

The April 1st election brings two referendums, one from the city and one from the county. It’s critical you understand how to vote, and get you and your friends to the polls.

Kids & Family - Spring 2014

Stay On Target

Daniel Langlois has seen the awe and wonder in the eyes of children who have just witnessed the “mystical, magical flight of the arrow.”

Birthday Hot Spots

Looking to get out of the house for that next birthday party? The Valley doesn’t disappoint.

Issue #247 Feb. 6, 2014

In the Kitchen

Menomonie eatery Norske Kitchen & Kro cooks up ‘regional comfort food’

Gragert in Top Gear as Bike Fed Volunteer

Biking around the Chippewa Valley has many perks, and Eau Clairian Jeremy Gragert – who was recently named 2013 Volunteer of the Year by the Wisconsin Bike Fed – wants to make sure that Eau Claire continues to boost its bike-friendly appeal ...

County Recycling Stats Spike

According to the Eau Claire County Recycling Program, county residents have been breaking records! Household recycling increased 15 percent last year to 141.2 pounds per person. Meanwhile, proper hazardous waste disposal increased 43 percent in ...

Note from the Editor | Feb. 6, 2014

Fair warning: If the last couple of years didn’t do it for you, the next four issues of Volume One are going to have a LOT of talk about the Confluence Project. So get ready, it’s time to sit up and pay attention. Recent action by both the ...

Health & Fitness 2014

Lifestyle Diets

If you have ever been on a diet, you know that the effects simply don’t last once you resume your normal eating habits. In order to receive lasting benefits, you really need to change your entire lifestyle and relationship with food. So, to help ...

Dancing Up a Storm

Dance like nobody’s watching. This statement is cutesy, trite, and meant to be a metaphor. But darn it, I’m taking it literally, and that’s why I’ve spent almost every Saturday morning for the last two months at Zumba class ...

Issue #246 Jan. 23, 2014

Referendum Rundown

Eau Claire voters may get three chances – or zero – to vote on the Confluence Project

Welcome to the Neighborhood, N. Barstow!

People who live in the newly redeveloped North Barstow area in downtown Eau Claire now have a neighborhood to call their own – or, at least, a neighborhood association. The North River Fronts Neighborhood Association recently “closed a gap” ...

Hotel Revival

JAMF co-founder’s property group buys former Ramada

Note from the Editor | Jan. 23, 2014

While we do cover the entire Chippewa Valley region from Menomonie to Chippewa Falls, we know that we cover downtown Eau Claire sometimes more than its fair share. Of course Eau Claire is the biggest city in the area, so there’s that, but when ...

Weddings 2013

How to Keep It Green

To keep with the ever-growing trend of being green and saving the environment (oh yeah, and just being a good citizen of the world), here’s some extreme tips for keeping your wedding environmentally-friendly, and some alternatives if you’re ...

5 Steps to Making Your Wedding Look Great (and Personalized)

Starting out planning your wedding can be pretty intimidating. Choosing your themes, color schemes and “branding” will set the tone of the whole event. We sat down with Andra Christianson of Andra Delores Design to pick her brain about the process...

Would You Clear These Customs?

Handfasting, the act of tying the bride’s and groom’s hands together, is an ancient Celtic custom that coined the phrase “tying the knot.”

9 Things You Need to Know to Get Married in Wisconsin

When it comes to marriage, there are laws. No, not the don’t-leave-the-toilet-seat-up kind of laws: We mean actual legal requirements written in actual law books. To save you the trouble of dusting off your copy of the Wisconsin statutes ...

Issue #245 Jan. 9, 2014

Volume One's 2013 Year in Review

2013 WAS A ONE HECK OF A YEAR. The Confluence Project pushed forward, our downtown experienced development ups and downs, and we got to know a host of new community leaders. Now, as the year wraps up, we take a look back at the last year in the ...

Elephant Noises

chamber orchestra gig features Babar, instrument petting zoo

Note from the Editor | Jan. 9, 2014

From where I’m sitting it’s looking like 2014 is going to be a very interesting year in the Chippewa Valley. This is the year we’ll likely find out if the Confluence Project is really coming to life or not, and it could get kinda messy between ...

Winter Fun 2013

What to Do at the New Pinehurst Park

If you want to ski, sled, snowboard, skate, or snowshoe in the Chippewa Valley, look no further than Pinehurst Park on Eau Claire’s north side. Over the past year a dedicated group of volunteers has put in countless hours transforming ...

Catchin’ the Red Eye

IT’S A PRETTY UNIQUE THRILL to be skiing down a mountain, poles up bouncing off the fresh powder as you guide yourself through the pristine winter scene. For the last 40 years, the Red Eye Ski Club has pursued that exact feeling, taking trips ...

Issue #244 Dec. 19, 2013

Our Christmas Story

Picking a book for your child under normal conditions is risky business enough, but picking a book to introduce your two-and-a-half-year-old child to Jesus, choosing those words, and, more importantly perhaps, the pictures that will be his ...

Pull Up a Pint at New Eau Claire Ale House

If you are looking for a place for a holiday get-together, a reunion with friends, or a family neighborhood bar where everyone knows your name, get yourself to the Eau Claire Ale House at the corner of Clairemont and Menomonie on Eau Claire’s ...

Note from the Editor | Dec. 19, 2013

I’m guessing many of you didn’t see this year’s Clearwater Winter Parade down Water Street, in person or on TV. That’s because it was about three below zero outside that Sunday, Dec. 15 (and 15 below with the wind chill), so you probably wisely ...

Holiday Planner 2013

Serving Wisconsin for the Holidays

It’s borderline cliché to talk about the stress and anxiety that the holiday season can impart upon an otherwise calm soul. For me, I’ve come to find that inner peace during the holidays is far easier to achieve when ...

Issue #243 Dec. 5, 2013
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